Teachers By Day and Rockers By Night


Amanda Mourelatos, Co-Editor of Cougart and Community Builder

What’s that? Some of Sahuaro’s teachers made a band? You heard me right. I walked into the band room one Saturday morning for a band competition and there was a group of teachers simply having a jam session. The band consists of math teachers Andrew Christian on bass and Dan Wells on rhythm guitar, former SHS guidance counselor and sub, Jim Ganas on lead guitar, former SHS assistant principal Abel Ramirez on guitar, former SHS math teacher Brian VanGelder on vocals and guitar (who you may remember singing Back Street Boys at a spirit assembly last year and who used to be a back-up singer for Barry Manilow), and coach Pam North on drums. This band has been around for over 10 years; people came and went throughout the years. They mostly play covers of classic rock, although they have done modern songs and even some county songs as well.

“We have great chemistry when we play together,” said Mr. Christian. “We have been together so long; we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.” Having a good connection with those you create music with is extremely valuable and enjoyable. However, there seems to be some controversy involving the band name; Mr. Christian says the band is called No Limitz, but Mr. Wells says it’s called Twist of Fate. The founding members of the band are Mr. Christian, Mr. Wells, and Mr. Ganas (who played with bands such as Styx and REO Speedwagon, but Mr. Ramirez was almost a member from the beginning. Mr. Christian mentioned, “My favorite songs are Elvis songs to sing, and classic rock songs.” He continued, “It is great stress relief at the end of the week to rock out!” Twist of Fate/No Limitz will be playing at the staff holiday luncheon on Thursday, December 21, getting our staff psyched for the holidays and the two-week break.